The American continent is facing a pandemic of the unvaccinated, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) stressed on Wednesday (21/7), warning that countries with low vaccination rates record increases in coronavirus cases, while calling for a new vaccine donation.
“We are facing a pandemic of the unvaccinated and the only way to stop it is to expand the vaccination,” said the PAHO director. Carissa Etienne, during the weekly update, according to the ΑΠΕ ΜΠΕ.
“Vaccines are crucial, still “and if no vaccine is 100% effective,” she added.
Only 15% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have been fully vaccinated, Etienne said, adding that data show that some countries such as Honduras and the Haiti have not even achieved 1% of vaccinations.
The director of PAHO reiterated the call to the countries with several installments to them distribute as soon as possible to countries in need. “We clearly need more vaccines and we need them now,” he said.
“Right now, vaccine donations are really the only way for many countries in our region to get the doses they need quickly.” “Please, do not wait until you accumulate a surplus of doses. “You have to share what you have now,” Etienne said.
It is pointed out that a similar warning has been sent by CDC of the USA, with the director of this service declaring, a few days ago, that “we see an outbreak of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage“Because people who have not been vaccinated are at risk, while those who have been vaccinated are in good condition.”
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) informed that the Delta mutation has already spread to more than 120 countries and territories and that this strain will prevail in the “coming months”.
THE trend of rising cases at the global level – the international service pointed out – will be explained by four factors:
- more contagious variants,
- relaxation of public health measures,
- greater social interaction
- and the fact that many people have not been vaccinated.